Beginning Mac OS X Tiger Dashboard Widget Development

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John Wiley & Sons, 2006 - Computers - 318 pages
  • Aimed at the estimated 300,000 Mac OS X developers who are interested in customizing and creating widgets for their Dashboards, this timely book shows them how to tap into the power of Mac OS X Tiger to create and customize Dashboard widgets
  • The expert author uses program examples and exercises to illustrate the different ways to customize the Dashboard through widget development using simple authoring tools, Internet plug-ins, and text editors
  • Begins with a discussion of the Dashboard concept and configuration and progresses to coverage of advanced functionality
  • Covers tools, protecting code, configuration, properties, bundles, resources, extensions, and much more
 

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Contents

An Introduction to Widgets
1
The Basics of Widgetry
15
Widget Development Environment
35
Creating a Widget
55
Debugging and Testing
77
Providing User Interaction
89
Widget Events
113
Adding to the Widget Interface
129
Using Plugins and Applets
183
Example Widgets
197
SecureCopy Widget
211
Amazon Album Art
225
Timbuktu Quick Connect
241
iPhoto Mini
253
iTunes Connection Monitor
265
More Widgets
275

Adding Cut Copy and Paste to Your Widget
153
Adding Drag and Drop to the Widget
159
Access Keys
169
Answers to Exercises
291
Widget Distribution
301
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Fred Terry has been involved in the computer industry since making a left-hand turn into it from Ph.D. work in medieval languages and literature. He has written a number of software manuals and articles and has worked as a systems and network administrator, web developer, programmer, and quality assurance engineer. In addition to his ongoing love affairs with AppleScript and Perl, his current programming infatuations are Ruby and Ajax. Currently, Fred is a project manager for the Information Management Group at Burns & McDonnell. He has a B.A. in English from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and an M.A. in English from Oklahoma State University. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his family and dog. Fred can be contacted at pfterry@deadtrees.net.

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